In Reply to: Should I Buy it? posted by justin on December 21, 1999 at 15:28:59:
: In a town about 30 miles away there is a sweet little 71' 2002. I talked to the owner who said he would reluctantly give it up for $3,000. It is a light orange color with a new paint job. The guy owns a body shop so it is pretty nice. My concern is that my dad won't like it. He hates old cars because he doesn't like to get his hands dirty. I have a friend with a 76' 02 that runs great, but my dad thinks it will have a lot of problems even though I told him 02 engines are practically bullet proof. How do I convince him that I know enough about working on this type of car to own one? I'm very mechanically minded and enjoy getting my hands dirty. I also know about a 02 parts magazine. I'm done convincing myself, how do I convince him?
Hello Justin, as you may have gathered from the advice you are about to make a lifestyle decision. Back in 64 my Dad allowed me to replace the engine in his beloved Citroen DS19 because I needed to borrow a family car to see a girl 500 miles away the next weekend (she turned me down). The disease has never let up. My current 2002 is the composite of three and it is great fun and I drive it in the summer and could in the winter but it hates the salt or rather I hate the damage it causes. But, it always needs something done here or there and your hands will be dirty more often than not and it will entertain and frustrate you for years. Its great fun but your Dad is right 100% if he thinks tranport is spelt generic Japanese. My wife has a Toyota and it is gas and oil and go and it is good transportation but not an 02.
Have fun or go and look for some transport elsewhere. Terje Salhus